What To Do If You Get Pulled Over
You can see the lights flashing in your rear view mirror and the siren blaring is a dead giveaway - you are being pulled over by a police officer. The feeling that usually comes after the initial shock is the one where your stomach drops into your feet. If you have been pulled over before you know what I am talking about. If you haven't, you are lucky and we have nothing in common. It is a horrible feeling and many of us may not know how to handle the situation, so we have put together some tips to help you keep your cool when those bright blue lights hit your rear view mirror.
- As soon as it is safe, pull your vehicle over to the right side of the road. Make sure you are not blocking an intersection or crosswalk because parking in those areas will result in a fine.
- Shut off your car and turn on your hazard lights so that traffic is aware that you are only temporarily parked, and roll down your window so that you can talk with the officer.
- Expect to hand over your license and registration for your vehicle. Having these items handy in your glove box and wallet will help you do so faster.
- When the officer approaches your vehicle, be sure to address him or her with respect. Police officers are people too and they are just doing their job. Relax so that you can communicate clearly with the officer. Most people panic when pulled over which causes them to stumble over words which can cause the officer to believe you may not be being honest.
- Allow the officer to explain why they pulled you over and address the situation at hand.
- Do not confront the officer or get argumentative. In this situation the police officer has the higher authority and will write you a ticket based on his practices. Fighting with the officer will not likely get him to change his mind regarding a ticket. If you feel you didn't deserve the ticket you can always go through the proper appeal process at a later time.
- Answer honestly and be cooperative. By helping the officer do his job you will be back on the road again much faster.
The best way to avoid the awkwardness of getting pulled over is to follow the rules and regulations of the road. By following the Massachusetts driving laws, you will not only be less likely to get a ticket, but it will also help prevent an accident. If you have received a ticket or been in an accident and have questions on whether it will impact your Massachusetts Auto Insurance, please give us a call here at Ross Insurance at 413-536-8380.